Photos: “Dreamers” in Their Own Words

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Diamond Simms

With an incarcerated father and a mother who has a substance-abuse problem, Simms (on the right), a Florida senior, says she had to find mother figures and father figures in other people. Despite a rough past, the aspiring broadcast journalist has gone on to excel in school and the community. When President Obama visited her school recently, she was selected to serve as an usher, but she turned down the opportunity to attend the Academy instead. “I have no regrets. I’m having so much fun."

(Photo: Matt Stroshane)

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